Course: Alumni Events
Alumni Events
Cat Simmons, MS RDN +3

GI Map Tutorial and Clinical Pearls for the Gut-Skin Axis

The gut-skin axis plays a key role in identifying root causes of common dermatological conditions. Rosacea, atopic dermatitis, eczema, acne, and more often have root causes stemming from GI pathogens, dysbiosis, parasites, and an unhealthy gut microbiome.

Join Cat Simmons, MS, RDN from Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory as she discusses the gut-skin condition and provides a helpful tutorial to help you learn to use advanced stool testing to address dermatological symptoms. 

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the benefits of quantitative PCR technology and why it sets GI-MAP® apart as an industry-leading stool test
  • Complete a page-by-page walk of the test report and review interpretation patterns
  • List the most relevant organisms and biomarkers on the GI-MAP that relate to the gut-skin connection
  • Review a few interesting skin manifestation cases studies where the GI-MAP provided critical insights and improved outcomes 

Underlying Causes of Skin and Mucosal Issues

This lecture is meant to switch your approach with the dermatological patient from WHAT they have to WHY they have it. Through medical curiosity, setting up a differential diagnosis that uses validated labs and understanding what the immune system and skin need to be happy and healthy we can support long term dermatological healing in our patients. 

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Most skin disorders are actually immune system disorders with a skin aftermath symptoms
  • Go inflammation huntin and killing; if you really want to help the dermatology patient out identify and treat the underlying causes and reserve "drug and herbs for symptoms" approach for acute care
  • Understand novel underlying causes of skin issues
  • All skin needs the FAB 5 to be healthy

Climate Change & Dermatology

We will review some basic information about climate change and climate science, and focus on the intersection of climate change, medicine, and health. While climate change impacts almost every organ system in the body, we will focus on issues pertaining to dermatology, including skin cancer, inflammatory skin disease, infectious skin disease, and more. We will cover ways for dermatologists to engage and get involved, in their own practice and as part of the field of dermatology and within the house of medicine.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Review information about climate change and climate science
  • Discuss how climate change impacts dermatological disease
  • Describe how dermatologists can get involved

The Longevity Equation: The Science of Longevity Meets the Art of Existence

A system of beliefs of engaging in purposeful and conscious actions with the intent of improving one’s health and overall well-being.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Introduction to aging, longevity, and wellness medicine
  • The pathophysiology of accelerated aging
  • Wellness and longevity risk factors
  • Preventive medicine nutraceuticals for aging and wellness
  • Environmental, dietary, and lifestyle risk factors that impact longevity
  • How to clinically evaluate longevity and aging risk factors
  • How to clinically manage longevity and aging risk factors


User: Cat Simmons
Cat Simmons

Cat is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and has spent most of her career in the functional laboratory diagnostic space. Her educational background has a dual appointment in exercise physiology and dietetics with a master’s degree in metabolic physiology. She has a decade of experience in advanced laboratory interpretation, education, and counseling in addition to clinical practice. She takes a functional and integrative approach to health with a firm belief that “all disease begins in the gut”. Her research interests and passions include insulin signaling, nutrient metabolism, and weight loss physiology. Cat also is a certified diabetes care and education specialist. In clinical practice, Cat specializes in cardiovascular prevention, sport performance nutrition; gluten sensitivity, celiac and autoimmune nutrition; the gut-brain connection, and of course all things related to the digestion, the microbiome and intestinal health where she has chosen to “niche down”. As a clinician and educator, not only is Cat a member of the Medical Education team at Diagnostic Solutions Lab, but also the Clinical Content Manager playing a pivotal role in education program design. Cat is a graduate from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). She moved to Colorado in 2007 to attend graduate school at Colorado State University. Today, Cat lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, young daughter, and dog. They enjoy all the city has to offer, but frequent the mountains often for hiking, snowboarding, and camping.


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Eric Dorninger

Dr. Dorninger completed his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Masters of Science in Acupuncture at Bastyr University in 2003. In 2005, Dr. Dorninger founded Roots and Branches Integrative Health Care, a clinic dedicated to “Mystery Illness” where he focuses on elucidating the underlying causes of unrelenting chronic Illness. Dr. Dorninger is not concerned with “What you have” as much as he is with “Why you have it” and has dedicated his professional life to a deeper understanding of
Differential Diagnosis based in the tradition of “Remove Obstacles to Cure”.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Dorninger teaches functional medicine weekends for Apex Energetics, is a co-founder of CIRSx, and serves as Director of Research and Development for Blue Sky CBD.

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User: Anil Bajnath
Anil Bajnath

Dr. Anil Bajnath is a Board-Certified Family Physician. President of the American Board of Precision Medicine. Author of The Longevity Equation: The Step-By-Step Blueprint to Hack Your Genes, Optimize Your Health, And Master the Art of Existence. Dr.Bajnath serves as Adjunct Faculty with the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership at George Washington University School of Medicine.

He is the CEO and founder of the Institute for Human Optimization Precision Medicine Research Group. His practice offers services from conventional preventative screening guidelines to precision personalized healthcare modalities, including individualized nutrition, genomic medicine, advanced biomarker testing, microbiome analysis, and biometric lifestyle monitoring. Dr. Bajnath’s primary field of interest is understanding the underlying causes of unresolved illness and formulating care plans for resolving these complex medical scenarios. He also actively researches pharmacogenomics, nutrigenomics, and the microbiome sciences.

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Misha Rosenbach, MD
Misha Rosenbach

Misha Rosenbach, MD is a Professor of Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is Vice Chair of Education and Program Director of the dermatology residency. Dr. Rosenbach’s clinical practice is focused on complex medical dermatology and his research is focused primarily on sarcoidosis and granulomatous skin conditions. He has published more than 240 peer reviewed articles, multiple chapters, and textbooks, including the premier text in the field, Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin

Dr. Rosenbach serves one of the physician leads of Penn’s climate and sustainability mission and serves as co-Chair of their Committee on the climate emergency. Nationally, Dr. Rosenbach a co-Founders and co-Chair of the American Academy of Dermatology’s Expert Resource Group on Climate Change. He has published extensively on the intersection between Climate Change and medicine, in particular dermatology, and is actively involved in multiple organizations focused on sustainability in medicine.

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